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." one of the great political debates in washington and around the country has been whether barack obama is a highly partisan democrat bent on liberal agenda or a centrist searching for compromise. it's still early in his second term, but he's recently made moves that seem to answer the question. obama could easily choose a partisan strategy that would be politically effective. don't make deals with the republicans on immigration or entitlement reform and go into the 2014 congressional elections with those problems still alive. with no deal, democrats could campaign as the guardians of medicare and advocates of immigration reform, both electoral winners. that's why some democratic senators have begun to make demands well beyond what republicans can accept. but obama has chosen the second path. two weeks ago, as soon as a group of republican and democratic senators joined forces behind a unified approach to immigration reform, obama signaled his support for it. and this week in urging congress not to allow the so-called sequestration process to force spending cuts, the white house said th
! >>> was president obama so focused on reelection that he was missing in action during the libya terror strike? this is special report. >>> i'm john roberts in for bret baier. the terror attack against the u.s. mission in benghazi is our topic. testimony on capitol hill has ignited a fresh round of debate today. what's not going away are questions about last year's terror attack in libya after panetta's final testimony yesterday. >> if i were a family member and one of my loved ones was killed in benghazi, i would be sick to my stomach. >> republican lindsey graham declared on twitter the president, quote, has to announce for his leadership on benghazi after panetta and general martin dempsey testified, they spoke to the president only once during the eight-hour attack. >> one time. >> right. >> you talked to him how many times? >> the same one time. >> graham and his republican colleagues repeatedly pressed panetta on why there was no direct follow up with mr. obama after they met in the oval office. >> are you surprised that the president of the united states never called you, secretary pent
growth, a rising thriving middle class. >> president obama delivered his fourth state of the union address tuesday. in attendance were senate and house members, six of the nine justices of the supreme court, the joint chiefs of staff, members of this cabinet and assorted dignitaries. over the course of one hour, the president unveiled proposals to boost the economy, help the middlal class, invest in the nation's aging infrastructure, create more high-tech manufacturing, a big emphasis, expand preschool education, up high school standards and make college more affordable >> nothing i'm proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime. it is not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth. >> the president also appeals to congress to work together on climate change, immigration reform, and particularly on the phony issue of automatic government budget cuts known as sequestration. >> question. when former president clinton took the helm during an economic downturn, he said he had a quote laser-like focus on
of president obama's state of the union pat buchanan? >> he did pivot back toward the jobs and the economy but overall this was a very libbal brail speech, something we have all heard before nothing new in it and a dead on aarrival speech. he is not going to get the minimum wage, not going to get the assault weapons ban, not going to get amnesty, not an awful lot of the things he has in there. he is appealing to his base and appealing to what he sees as the majority of the country, which probably does support most of what he said. it was a very political speech but in terms of what is going to be abe complished i don't think it was at all relevant. >> eleanor? >> it was in tune with the country. he is going to get immigration reform, something he can call a victory on guns, probably universal background checks and legislation to curb gun trafficking, the gun that killed the young girl in chicago came from mississippi. and there are these well-traveled gun running routes. and that is going to be a focus of legislation as well. he is going to get enough, i would seven say he is going to get
, everybody. president obama today fresh from a three day vacation and a dustup for the white house press corps push in the lumen sequester cuts to the top of the public agenda. $85 billio$85 billion of arbitry spending cuts per week, sure and there would be no sequester and now with nine days remaining before it all goes into effect, he is basically complaining republicans aren't leaning on the issue. mr. obama has not taken any initiative to bring republicans and democrats together for a discussion, let alone a negotiation. and he hasn't even called republican leadership to talk about a compromise on sequester. instead, listen as the president doesn't acknowledge the sequester originated in the white house, and that he bears great responsibility for resolving the issue. >> republicans face a simple choice, are they willing to compromise to protect vital investments in education and health care and national security and all the jobs that depend on it. where would they rather put hundreds of thousands of jobs and hourl entire economy at riso close loopholes that benefit only the wealthies
threat. the obama administration has focused almost entirely on al qaeda. believing people when they came in and said, look, the only people who can actually give you advice on dealing with these radical folks are islamic believers, he so you must get advice from us. form partnerships with us, let us give you advice, let us tell you how to deal with this threat. and they made great inroads in this administration in that approach. but the blindness of the larger jihadist threat, the enterprise that is being pursued by the muslim brotherhood abroad, has resulted in the practice of drone delivered assassinations of al qaeda figures with what many are questioning or arguing is due process without that. and this administration's repeated declaration that al qaeda is being defeated. they know not of what they speak. the idea that al qaeda is being defeated is helping recruit others who are radical jihadists, because they are able to point to a united states administration that is so blind and so uninformed of what really is going on that they think al qaeda's on the decline when radical jihad i
? >> the magic moment whenever it occurs in the obama second term when he becomes a lame duck will occur when his party breaks with him on something significant. the bold obama 2.0 only as long as they're willing to indulge him. this as gas prices are high. and the shrinking, shrinking, disposable income for the middle class the president says he's helping and global warming could be where his party threw up their hands, you claimed us when you made us walk the plank in 2009. we're not doing it again. >> megyn: i refer to your power play write-up quoting chuck schumer in 2006 saying the high gas prices then are a metaphor for an economy keeps biting people despite overall good numbers. even though we talk about things like the stock market, which is doing great. and some other items, you feel gas prices in a way you don't feel-- you feel the increases at the grocery store and gas prices and definitely feel a hit in your paycheck and a lot of americans are right now. >> that's right, if you're $40 a week poorer because of the payroll tax holiday and if you're $10 a week poorer because of filling y
obama's oscar dress is a little racy for iran, so they photo shopped it. during a report on the oscars, the first lady's dress suddenly had a high neckline and sleeves. mrs. obama helped announce "argo" as the winner of best picture which iranian officials also slammed as propaganda for the c.i.a. calling the oscars politically motivated. i actually like the dress on the right. i don't know what that means. >>brian: i didn't know iran had colorforms. what does iran think about the way ben affleck think about the way it was depicted? do you think it was for diplomatic reasons where they captured our hostages? do we skew that? >>steve: iran said it is basically farcical about the movie. >>brian: let's talk about the president yesterday and his comments. i cannot believe how much is going to go wrong. $85 billion, no one is going to be inspecting me. going to be an hour and a half to get on a plane. we are going to have massive defense cuts, and the national parks are going to be cutting down their hours. the president and the white house cabinet is in full force to say sequester. it is g
of young democrats. to hear this man talk was really astounding. i am quite critical of the obama administration in terms of things i have done. in terms of hagel's nomination, i am very impressed. his views on foreign-policy almost seemed to dip -- too far beyond this era. my only feel is that the political parties will bring this ideology down simply because a lot of people are not prepared for it. thank you and have a good day. guest: i think -- i would beg to differ about the too far beyond this era. i had the privilege of working for former secretary of state george schultz. in my estimation, senator hagel's views are consistent with secretary schultz, whom i think is one of the giants of our time. i think they have the same sort of outlook of trying to be pragmatic and take a look at things from multiple dimensions and informed judgments based on the conditions of the time. i think we have had many people of this particular persuasion. we have been fortunate in our country to have many leaders like senator hagel. i share your hope that we continue to have them going forward.
-span. president obama will honor the recipients of the national medal of science and national medal of technology and innovation, the highest honors bestowed by the u.s. government upon scientists, engineers, and inventors. you will have it for you later in our program schedule. at the white house, jay carney held his daily briefing, addressing a number of issues including a bombing at the u.s. embassy in turkey today. >> does the president considered the attack on our embassy in turkey to be a terrorist attack? >> that is an excellent question a suicide bombing on the perimeter of an embassy is by definition an act of terror, a terrorist attack. i think this is an incident that has just occurred and i don't want to get ahead of it, is being investigated. we strongly condemn what was a suicide attack against our embassy in ankara, which took place at the embassy's our security perimeter. details are still emerging about what exactly happened, who was responsible. it is clearly an act of terror. it caused -- cost hte life about least one individual, a turkish security guard. we are working with th
, or in our video library. and tomorrow, a farewell ceremony in honor of leon panetta. president obama and martin dempsey are expected to speak. we will have coverage at 3:45 p.m. eastern on c-span. john brennan, the nominee to the cia, testified today at his confirmation hearing. the topic of drone strikes came app. dianne feinstein said she will look into new legislation to govern overseas strikes. there was an interruption by protesters. it is three and a half hours. >> you are a disgrace to democracy. >> if the police will clear the room, please. will clear the room, please. [indiscernible] [shouting continues] >> [indiscernible] please clear the room. >> [indiscernible] please clear the room. [protest continues] all right, i think we should clear the entire room and then let people back in. what do you think? >> we need more capital police. >> yeah, let's -- [indiscernible] ok, we will try and start. ok, we will i am going to began this -- begin this hearing, and let me say right up front that the process is that people are respectful, that they do not shout, they do not hiss, the
president obama and secretary clinton hugged the focus to the asia-pacific, but you have worked with her mother. so my question is to southeast asia and what you share with your vision of how to build brown eyes next year i think burma will be the chair and how to build a to the centrality role in how to work into that. the code of conduct and the rule of law to resolve some of the conflicts? >> i think it would for sure. i have to say since i haven't had a chance to visit burma myself yet, i'm probably less conversant with it than i am at the other major cases we are working on. but clearly there is plenty of opportunity for progress in this phase in the u.s. policy is really trying to drive back. in terms of the rest of southeast asia, right now as we look at future engagement, there are a couple countries we have to be sensitive to and that we are reviewing. but we haven't got much beyond that stage. sorry not to be better informed to answer your question. >> when the back row there. >> thanks, claudia. mr. ambassador, you mention the crowded field out there. [laughter] doing the pre-
that the strategic, one of the strategic principleses that the president and the obama administration brought at the outset of our first term is that with constructive and productive great power relationships you can get a lot done in the world. and if they go off the track it is much more difficult and frankly we've seen it, that proposition that you just laid out has been proven i think in the context where. there has been cooperation, we have gotten a lot done with great power of corporate raise and we can talk about that in terms of iran and other places in afghanistan. on the reset. you asked a question directly. he did the reset work. in the first term if you look at the list of things you are able to accomplish. we have had a change of leadership in russia. we will get that in a secretary. we have been able to accomplish, really, through great power negotiation, and great power, productive and constructive relationship, we have a new start treaty in the arms control area which will -- >> what's the status of that. >> the status this. the status it has gone into effect and is being impl
in benghazi, could soon put several of president obama's key nominees in jeopardy. why leading republican lawmakers are threatening to hold up their confirmation. >> i'm not still filibustering. >> what would they have have to do to bring this to a vote. >> i want to know who changed the talking points. references to al qaeda, talking points given to susan rice. more for you. >> no confirmation without information. you know, when secretary clinton said she had a clear-eyed assessment of the threats in libya, that proved after this hearing not to be true. the department of defense knew about the cable coming from our living ambassador saying he couldn't defend the consulate on august 15th. they knew about the deteriorating security situation, but the secretary of state didn't know anything about this. so she was blind, the president was disengaged, and the department of defense never launched one airplane to help these folks for seven and a half hours. this is complete system failure, and i'm going to get to the bottom of it. >> let me put it this way, it's been done many, many times, in f
. [inaudible] [inaudible] >> the question as to the criticism of the obama administration on its actions in a variety of al qaeda firm somalia, yemen was persuasive. but what's the right answer? >> well, i don't have a right answer and there isn't a right answer for any of these various places, but i think we need to get jan in review of troops on the ground cumin no troops on the ground in the situation here. i do think it is in our interest to find a way to work with local partners in order to combat local groups and allow them to cover their territories with their own forces. unfortunately, the way to do that involves putting boots on the ground. we have a long tradition. it was started by a democratic president who is enthusiastic about this kind of thing as john f. kennedy and this is one of the things the special forces were created to do. it is a train and advise mission and its enabled mission. if we had been doing that in yemen, we would in a somewhat better place. the questions are what do you do where you don't have partners where they can succeed in what he thought the escala
. then president obama and his choice to replace the interior secretary can salazar. and then leon panetta talks to -- and the armed services committees of her proposals to avoid the budget cuts. the postmaster general announced that the post office will end saturday mail delivery service starting in early august. they expect the change to save $2 billion a year. package delivery service will continue six days a week. this news conference is 35 minutes. >> good morning everybody. thank you for joining us. today, we're going to be making an announcement about an important change to our national delivery schedule. i think anyone who has followed the postal service over the past couple of years know that we have been consistently making changes to our delivery schedule. it is an important part of our strategy returning back to financial stability and it is absolutely necessary to make that move. before i get into the details of the announcement, i would like to spend a couple of minutes discussing the financial reasons for this scheduled delivery change. since 2008, we have seen a steady decline in
all over the headlines, and today the obama administration about how to combat foreign theft of trade secrets. eric holder announced a plan in washington, and it comes on the heels of a report by an american securities firm pointing the finger at china. i am joined by tom, who was a member of the commission on cyber security. the administration tiptoed over whether china was responsible for these cyber attacks. >> i think they are signaling to the rest of the world but we are more willing to not only publicly embarrass those regimes but the use hard and soft power. >> what did you say could be done to protect u.s. computer systems? >> we recommend a number of things, first to modernize authority for criminal penalties as well as to regulate statutes, to improve the way they protect data. many have taken a lackadaisical approach to securing them, over relying on things to protect themselves. >> are those vulnerable? >> every system is vulnerable. they said there are those of us who know they have been hit and those who do not know. there are only two types, and we need to understand th
. obama thinks because his son should not play football because it is dangerous. sending females into front-line combat units -- that is not too dangerous. in the twisted liberal mind, we have to get women -- we have to get a couple of players to admit they are homosexuals. then it will become a cause -- host: thank you for the call. a front page under the fold, a picture getting a lot of attention. this photograph, an executive order pulled to document the president's skeet shooting. we will talk more about this and a couple of minutes. naperville, ill., good morning on the republican line. caller: yes. i think the officials should take some responsibility as far as blowing the whistle sooner. umpires should take more responsibility. host: to life for the call. from "the new york daily news," "bam." a picture snapped last august, it shows his mastery of shotgun while skeet shooting. the white house released the photograph saturday, possibly to muzzle critics suggested obama was posturing when he talked about shooting in an interview with "the new republic magazine." this is how
establish, uh, a doctrine, uh, that you can call the obama doctrine, which simply says that where the united states confronts a conflict in which the u.s is not itself directly threatened, but where we have interests, and where we have both regional allies, and we have some sort of international authorization through the united, the united nations, that the u.s. will feel comfortable in using some military force. >> but when our interests and values are at stake we have a responsibility to act. that's what's happened in libya over the course of these last six weeks. >> but the intervention in libya ruffled feathers in russia and china. both nations accused nato of pursuing a political agenda rather than a humanitarian one. >> it's been a very divisive issue. you have the europeans and the united states seeing it as a very clear-cut victory for the u.n. the russians, the chinese, the south africans, even though the south africans supported intervention, but, uh, the brazilians, the indians, have been much less, uh, supportive of, of the whole outcome that they have ceded as a sort of a, as a
us on facebook. tuesday, president obama talked about deferring the cuts that were to go into effect next month. wednesday, leading republicans on the armed services committees outline their plans to avoid those automatic defense cuts. this is 30 minutes. >> yesterday, the president gave us a proposal that cuts defense spending once again. it has $500 billion in new taxes and also cuts in domestic spending. it is irresponsible, unacceptable. it leaves their troops and our economy and ready to face the challenges of the future. or the threats of today. when i went to the steering committee to apply for this job, i explained to them the way i saw the jobless to make sure that our troops, those who we sent into harm's way would have everything they needed to carry out their missions and return home safely. everything in the way resources, training, leadership, these things are very important. and i look at what is happening with these cuts that we have seen the last couple of years and it is just irresponsible that the commander in chief, his main job should be the same that i look at a
'm tempted to describe president obama's spending and tax ideas as small ball, but they're worse than that. they represent a conscious decision to neglect some of the most pressing issues that confront our country. you might even say it's a dereliction of duty in the battle to save america. last week, the congressional budget office projected that our gross national debt will increase from $16 trillion in 2012 to $26 trillion in 2023. now, that may seem like a long way off, but just since president obama has been president, the national debt's gone up by 55%, just in the last four years. but if you project that forward to 2023 when some of these young men and women who are working here as pages will be looking at entering the work force and looking at their futures, all they will see ahead of them is debt and a reduced standard of living. this is what lies ahead for all of us unless we embrace real spending cuts and unless we deal with the unfunded liabilities of medicare and social security. now, president obama has a secret strategy for getting our debt under control, we'd all love to he
. >> facing a friday deadline of billions of spending cuts known as the sequester, president obama held a conference here in washington. speaking at the white house, the president said congress can avert a sweeping, across-the- board cuts with "just a little compromise." key is joined by vice president joe biden at this event. -- he is joined by vice president joe biden at this event. [applause] >> thank you. thank you. i tell you what, i did not know jack was as good as he is. jack, if you had done that -- jack, if you had done that, i would be introducing you hear. thank you but all, very, very much. you are all much more disciplined than the place that i lived for 36 years up on the hill. you run ahead of schedule. the president is with me. thank you for being here. we have a lot to work done, from fixing a broken immigration system to rebuilding our nation's infrastructure to this new board everyone in america is learning about "sequester." this town, unlike maybe your capitols, is i hope temporarily frozen and not stopped in intense partisanship, the likes of which i have only seen
in 2004 and by the way have you changed any of your views since the election of barack obama? >> guest: i remember my mother when he was nominated, hazel and khalia and i were in montrÉal. she called me at the hotel. she was i think 93 then. she said, and she was crying. [inaudible] i didn't need that telling. i always knew this. america is many places. it is a place that can be tolerant and accepting, a place where views can be moderated and differences can be reconciled. and i think a good deal of america supported vigorously the candidacy of a rock obama. and it's not only important to the black community. it's important to other americans as well. but he still faces a sort of vicious kind of ridicule from certain borders that are not unlike the america we saw when i was young in richmond, virginia. but, i think there are several americans -- i had grown tired of at least one of them. >> host: and "quitting america" you wrote america never helps anyone, even the starving and list its proposed to an american interest either strategic or economic and one cannot always distinguish one fr
and president obama are a good team, that is what matters. though much worry about his policy positions one way or another because he will be a policy maker. the president's policies will go but the fact that the field that they can be a good team, to me that is the important thing. allows the president nominates somebody who is just, in my mind on qualify for something, i tend to think a leader should get to they want because we will hold him responsible for it. >> thank you, general mcchrystal. we have to stop now. [applause] thank you. >> primetime continues in a few moments with dr. fred kaplan on how the chain's u.s. military strategy from his book the insurgents. in an hour we look back at the gulf war and a collection of essays by journalists, government officials, and scholars. and jewelry year retired general mcchrystal on his memoir. several events to tell you about tomorrow. says >> the communism of china basically is communism in name only these days and preserves the power of the members of the communist party, but they basically, through -- opening the country up and now it has be
to challenge president obama. he is on the national stage. he has been on the national stage before. got very good reviews of a speech he delivered at the republican national convention in august in tampa. so the expectation here is fairly high for marco rubio as someone who is seen, because of his background, because of his makeup, because of his energy, because of the places that in politics have taken him thus far and he is only in his early 40s, that this is someone who is here to shine for republicans. who will be the standard-bearer of the party going forward. so the stakes are certainly high especially since republicans failed to recapture the white house in the past election. neil: gentlemen, thank you very much. we're just waiting now the sergeant-at-arms to introduce the president of the united states. there's a procedure for this. we got advance copy of some of the president's remarks. his speech should be about an hour. that is not factoring in applause. with applause it could go back to 61, 62 minutes. the president averages anywhere from 60 applause interruptions to in, 2010, 86
that upheld the individual mandate provision of president obama's health care reform legislation, and i'm wondering, for those of us who are observers of the court, apart from the holding in the case, what lessons might we learn from the experience of that case? >> i hope it's a case that will be taught in law schools. i fully expect that my defense saying that this legislation fit within the commerce clause easily, that that will someday become the law of the land. i was astonished, frankly, at the majority view about that case. but i think it's a wonderful teaching tool. and as you know, the law and the meaning was a failed. achieve -- was upheld. the chief justice decided it didn't fit within the commerce power but the tax power is very broad, so what the law calls a penalty was, in fact, a tax and so it was upheld on that basis. so i do think the commerce clause ruling will turn out to be an aberration. and you can compare it to the way it was before 1937. when the court, now referred to as nine old men, and they were striking down economic and social legislation from the states, fr
. and this afternoon we are honored to host hillary rodham clinton. during her last 24 hours as president obama's first president obama's first secretary of state and immediately afterwards and told she might be expected to party like it's cartagena all over again. [laughter] we did a research and this is the eighth time that hillary clinton has spoken at the council and her third appearance in and her current incarnation as secretary of state. this afternoon speech is probably the most anticipated one she has given here and indeed it may be the most anticipated farewell address since 1796. [laughter] i suspect though that her views on untangling alliances might be somewhat different than george washington's. much has been made of the mile she has put in as the country's 67 secretary of state. you've seen the using the statistics. she has visited 112 countries and locked -- miles of flight time. more important than that madam secretary is what you have put into these miles and your 10 years coincide with what the most consequential events and decisions of this young century the balancing american for
environmental issues among our top priorities. as president obama stressed in his state of the union address earlier this week, there is an undeniable trend of warmer climates and a rise in the frequency of natural disasters which cause devastation across this nation. we are headed in the wrong direction, and we need serious action to protect our planet. we can fight global warming while still growing our economy. we can do it by investing in clean renewable resources like wind and solar with equipment produced right here in the united states of america. by dealing seriously with environmental issues, we can boost our economy, decrease our reliance on foreign oil and leave a better world for our children. these should be our top priorities as members of congress, as citizens and as parents and it is time these issues receive the attention that they deserve. i yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from utah rise? >> mr. speaker, i rise to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentle
president obama second term for him to act. women brought their issues to the president and brought their shoes. they wanted of immigration reform and other governments are bringing their issues to our president. what about our issues? martin took his issues -- >> guest: who stopping them? it's one thing to say president obama is not responding. >> host: but what are we doing? >> guest: but what are we doing so that he has to respond and to me if you are not using that leverage, everyone knows that it's the black vote -- >> host: 93%. >> guest: the latino vote was decisive in the last election, women. each of these groups who played a role in electing him, that is why in my view when i came here for the not gration, i said and the day before the not duration i gave a speech to the morehouse alums who came and i said the important day is not tomorrow. we celebrate then. the important day as the day after tomorrow. what are we going to do them? for a lot of people they went home. >> host: that is true, and celebrated. it is a milestone. i never thought in my lifetime i would see a bla
you the environmental impacts are massive. here is the thing. i think president obama will sign this thing over but think everything he does has some political capital attached it to. maybe it's some sort of cap and trade type of negotiations going on. >>. >> regardless of what happens. >> capital before the election before he denied having it go through. if he now says he is going pass it people will know people that were against it was for political gain. let's talk about something else on gun laws in the face of these major shootings. now in the state of washington, could it be in the law there, they have accidentally included a provision that would allow police to search the homes of assault rifle owners. apparently it does have a provision that says in order to possess a assault weapon on the effective date of this section, they are safely and secure the assault weapon. sheriff in the county can conducting an inspection to ensure compliance with the subsection. why is it interesting. the sheriff could come to the us on house and many people are concerned about that. why the
for an hour and will meet with president obama and the white house tomorrow her last day of secretary. her successors and it should john kerry opie at the state department monday for a welcoming ceremony. [applause] >> please take your seats. good afternoon and on behalf of bob rubin, carla hills who is with us today and the entire board of directors and the members i want to welcome you to the council on foreign relations. i'm richard haas president of the cfr. for those of you who don't know who we are we are an independent nonpartisan membership organization of think-tank and a publisher and we are dedicated to improving the understanding of the world of the foreign policy choices facing this country. today we are continuing what we have come to call secretary of state we cure the council. on tuesday night we were fortunate to hear from george shultz, who served as secretary of state for some six and a half years under president ronald reagan. and this afternoon we are honored to host hillary rodham clinton. during her last 24 hours as president obama's for secretary of state, immediate
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